Residents get a Taste of Suffolk

Published 10:03 pm Monday, September 10, 2018

Families, friends and their four-legged friends descended on Main Street on a warm Saturday to enjoy the 12th annual Taste of Suffolk Street Festival.

Several blocks of historic downtown were blocked off – Main Street from Finney Avenue to Washington Street and on Washington from Commerce to Saratoga streets – to make way for stages, bounce houses, food stands and even a few dealerships.

Most of the original lineup of restaurants participated in the festival, but with the threat of rain some restaurants, like The Catering Place, played it safe and stayed home.

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Other restaurants at the festival included Annaliza’s Tastey Philippine Cuisine, A Taste of Jamaica, Baron’s Pub, Boogie’s Soul Food, Brighter Day Café, Decent People Taphouse, Derl’z Restaurant & Pub, El Korita, Harper’s Table, Holland Produce, Mason’s Grill & Smokehouse, The Plaid Turnip, Plaza Azteca, Sushi AKA, Totoy’s Filipino Store and Uncork’d.

While the event is centered around food in Suffolk, plenty of people came out for its family-friendly environment.

“It’s fun and it’s a good time for the families that want to come,” said Sarah Medina.

Medina attended the event with her son and other members of Cub Scout Pack 1 so they could recruit potential new members.

Towards Saratoga Street on West Washington Street, it was a child’s paradise.

Down the street was a rock climbing wall, multiple bounce houses, snow cones, face painting and balloon animals.

Clowns were sitting at a table ready to put a smile on every child’s face on the hot summer day.

Dee Dee the clown was joined by her co-worker Sprinklez to help paint faces and make balloon animals.

“It’s great because there are so many different kinds of people coming to enjoy the festivities,” Dee Dee said. “There are plenty of families and plenty of kids to enjoy this.”

Residents from all over Suffolk came to try all the food, listen to good music and enjoy themselves for the second, third or twelfth year in a row.

“We always come out and try the different vendors and listen to the music,” said Jennifer Kovelkoski.

However, some just happened to find the road closed and start exploring.

“We just stumbled upon this. We are new to Suffolk and we only came about a month ago,” said Hannah Cutshall. “I think it’s awesome and I love that it’s kid-oriented.”

The weather outside was warm, but the wing eating contest was definitely hotter for all the contestants.

Buffalo Wild Wings held three different wing eating contests where participants have to finish 12 wings with their signature “blazin” sauce in less than six minutes.

In the first round 13- year-old Tony Patton beat out the competition finishing well before the six-minute mark, but he was too busy chugging milk to give a response.